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Sachin gets a rude reminder of 1997 ODI

A bottle was thrown at the master batsman when he was fielding at the square leg fence.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 15:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sachin Tendulkar hardly had a memorable return to the venue of his Test debut, and it did not concern his dismissal alone.

Tendulkar was bowled out for 23 on Sunday, but during the Pakistan innings, the batsman found himself in the centre of an unsavoury incident which had the potential of snowballing into a major one.

Tendulkar was standing at the square leg fence near the Intikhab Alam enclosure when a water bottle was thrown at him and it made him draw the attention of umpires.

It was the second over after the tea break and young fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh was bowling his first over of the last session.

The two standing umpires promptly called Indian captain Rahul Dravid and asked him if he would like to have a say on this issue of security of his players.

"We asked Dravid if he wanted to review the situation of security," said umpire Darryl Harper.

"Dravid said as long as the security was strengthened in that area he had no problem," added Harper.

Even Tendulkar said he did not mind carrying on fielding in the same position as long as security was alert.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who was batting in the middle, mistakenly thought the umpires were calling him towards square leg.

"Only later did I realise that they wanted to speak to Dravid who was fielding in the extra cover region," Akmal said.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 15:42 IST